Dr. Vaughn Carlton Anthony

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Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home
113 Franklin Street
Ellsworth, ME

BOOTHBAY - Dr. Vaughn Carlton Anthony, 81, of Boothbay, died at his home in the presence of family on Christmas morning, 2018. Vaughn was born on Jan. 30, 1937, in West Franklin, Maine, to Otis Winfield Anthony and Ruth Clark Anthony.

Vaughn was raised in Southwest Harbor, Winterport, and Veazie, and grew up hunting and fishing. He always said that as a boy he knew every inch of every trout stream he fished around Mt. Desert. Vaughn's love of the outdoors would shape his life and guide his career in the decades that followed.

He graduated from Bangor High School in 1954 and received his B.S. in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1959. He received his M.S. from the University of Michigan in 1960 and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1972.

Vaughn began his career as a fishery biologist in Boothbay Harbor and ended it as Chief of the Conservation and Utilization Division at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Woods Hole, Mass., supervising 240 staff and managing a 14 million dollar budget. Over 30 years, he authored more than 100 publications and traveled often to work with fisheries scientists from around the North Atlantic. Here in New England he was often the only voice, certainly the loudest, calling for greater catch restrictions to prevent the stock collapse he foresaw.

Among Vaughn's many honors and awards are a Silver Medal from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and election as President of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. An expert on fisheries management, he often spoke to the media, briefed members of Congress, and gave testimony to House and Senate committees.

Vaughn married Joanne Collins Albertson on Dec. 30, 1961, in Bath, Maine. They had three children and were together for 56 years until his death. They bought a 1796 farm in Boothbay, Maine, in 1967, held onto it throughout their careers, and retired back to it in February, 1995.

In his retirement, Vaughn remained busy as a consultant, a lecturer on salmon fisheries, a volunteer for the Sportsmen's Alliance of Maine, and much more. Vaughn had many passions, but chief among them were hunting and fishing. His favorite place to be was on a ridge up north in November with a foot of snow on the ground, or standing in a river fishing for Atlantic salmon.

Vaughn is survived by his wife, Joanne Anthony; brother, Dale Anthony; children, Lolin Hilgartner, Kevin Anthony, and Jason Anthony; four grandchildren.

Services will be delayed until May, at which point a celebration of Vaughn's life and a private family burial will be held. Interment will be in Bayview Cemetery, Franklin, Maine. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com

Memorial donations may be made to the general scholarship fund at the University of Maine

University of Maine Foundation

Buchanan Alumni House

Two Alumni Place

Orono, ME 04469-5792

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 3, 2019
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